This Week

[February 23-29th, 2020] Weddings in Hell, hungry ducks, a mysterious smell, and the rest of the week’s weird news from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Married In Hell

Some couples-to-be might want to avoid getting married on Leap Day for fear of getting a wedding anniversary only once every four years. Twenty-one couples, however, don’t just want to get married on Leap Day, but also want to get married in Hell. The town of Hell, Michigan, is conducting the ceremonies for free. As local Reverend Yvonne Williams notes, there’s nowhere to go but up when you get married in Hell.

hell michigan sign

Bald Eagle Too Fat

When residents spotted a bald eagle in distress in Bulls Gap, Tennessee, they called in wildlife rescue workers to assist the American icon. The bird couldn’t seem to fly as officers approached the scene and caught the eagle. After careful inspection, the officers saw no injury, and determined the eagle couldn’t fly because it was too overweight! The bird gorged itself to the pint of being grounded. The workers relocated to a safe area to digest.

bald eagle too fat to fly

Smell Something? Say Something.

A mysterious and putrid stench has wafted into Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Some describe the scent as sulfur, and some are afraid to smoke, for fear it’s a gas leak. Officials have been trying to identify the source for months, but their investigations have turned up few clues. Now, agencies from three states have formed a joint task force to track down the scent.

smelly

The Hungry Duckling

As swarms of locusts continue to decimate farmland across Pakistan, the Chinese government has offered to deploy upwards of 100,000 ducks to sate their appetites on the destructive insects. Agricultural experts say a single duck can eat upwards of 200 locusts a day and can be more effective than traditional pesticides.

hungry ducks

The Animal That Doesn’t Breathe

A universal truth about every animal on Earth has long been that they have to breathe, but scientists have just found the exception to that rule. From dogs and dolphins to sharks and tiny water bears, animals typically need to breathe to produce energy. The parasitic Henneguya slaminicola, however, doesn’t breathe at all. The blob-like organism latches onto fish or worm muscle tissue, with limited access and no need for oxygen.

Henneguya slaminicola in salmon

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